Marina's season was on the line heading into the bottom of the seventh inning of Tuesday's CIF Southern Section Division 1 baseball playoff game, the Vikings two runs down to Esperanza. But there was immediate hope as they loaded the bases with just one out. The Vikings, however, could not push a run across and ended up with a 2-0 loss to the Aztecs.
"I thought we might do it there, at the end," Marina Coach Bob Marshall said.
Marina did look as though it would climb back into the game after sophomore Austin Sokja hit a lead-off single and junior Jake Bauers drew a walk, to start the bottom of the seventh. An out later, and after Esperanza pulled starting pitcher Scott Mason and replaced the left-hander with their ace, Brandon Luper, designated hitter Grant Mayeaux singled to the right side of the field to load the bases. Luper, a junior, got out of the jam by retiring the next two Vikings to close out the win and send Century League champion Aztecs on to a quarterfinal date Friday with Mater Dei.